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So far we have covered the standard features expected from a portable keyboard, but there are a variety of other facilities in existence that vary from model to model, and which further expand the portable keyboard feature set. Modern portable keyboards often have quite large
LCDLiquid Crystal Display: a type of electronic display consisting of an array of pixels or pre-defined graphical elements, usually arranged in front of a light source (backlit). Monochrome LCD displays are used in many devices including digital watches and pocket calculators; colour LCD displays are the most popular form of flat panel computer/video screen.
LCD
displays of the type commonly found on laptop computers. Amongst other things, this allows the lyric information that is stored in a
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
File to be clearly displayed as the song is being played, and even standard music notation. Sometimes an additional external
Monitor1) Recording studio loudspeaker. 2) Stage loudspeaker, usually wedge-shaped, facing the performers so that they may hear themselves. 3) Computer display screen.
monitor
can be connected to allow others to view what’s on the screen.

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Taking their lead from software
SamplerA hardware or software device for recording and playing digital audio samples. Playback is usually in response to MIDI note input; instrument sounds may be created from many separate samples corresponding to different pitch ranges, velocities or other parameters.
samplers
, a number of the more fully-featured portable keyboards offer sounds made up from
Layer1) In synthesis and sound design, sounds are often created from two or more basic waveforms or samples layered together. 2) In computing, most operating systems and other software are written in layers, from the lowest level dealing with basic processing functions which is addressed by higher-level layers with specific functions such as sound and graphics.
layers
of
Sample1) In digital audio, a sample is numerical representation of amplitude at a single point in time. Thousands of samples are taken every second, corresponding to the sample rate, and stored as binary numbers. The analogue waveform is recreated by passing the samples back through a digital-to-analogue (D/A) converter. 2) A digital recording of an instrument sound, percussive hit, loop or sound effect, used in music production.
samples
that are dynamically switched between to provide more realistic
ArticulationHow musicians express themselves through performance nuances and embellishments, partially driven by written marks from the composer and often influenced by the music director or individual performer.
articulation
of instrumental sounds. They may also have the ability to
Sample1) In digital audio, a sample is numerical representation of amplitude at a single point in time. Thousands of samples are taken every second, corresponding to the sample rate, and stored as binary numbers. The analogue waveform is recreated by passing the samples back through a digital-to-analogue (D/A) converter. 2) A digital recording of an instrument sound, percussive hit, loop or sound effect, used in music production.
sample
AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
audio
into the keyboard to enable you to create your own sound libraries. Amongst other notable features, Yamaha have provided an ‘Internet Direct Connection’ on some of their models, bypassing the computer and simplifying the process of accessing
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
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Contents:

[Contents] [What is a Portable Keyboard?] [MIDI Explained] [General MIDI, GS & XG] [MIDI Files] [Common Features] [Auto Accompaniment] [Sequencers & Recorders] [Additional Facilities] [Hotdeals] [Conclusion and Feedback]
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